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Vicki Lewis (born March 17 1960) is an Americanmarker actress best known for her work on the stage and for her role as the quirky secretary Beth in the NBC sitcom NewsRadio. Lewis was born in Cincinnatimarker, Ohiomarker and graduated from Anderson High School in 1978. She wanted to pursue a career in dancing, but attended the University of Cincinnatimarker instead, where she studied musical theatre. She received her diploma from the Cincinnati Collegemarker Conservatory of Music and moved to New Yorkmarker. She proceeded to work in various on and off Broadwaymarker shows.

Biography

Career

Lewis' film appearances include roles in Finding Nemo, Mousehunt, Godzilla, Pushing Tin and 2007's California Dreaming with Newsradio co-star Dave Foley.

On television, Lewis starred in the NBC sitcom Three Sisters and the WB animated comedy Mission Hill,News Radio. She made guest appearances on Seinfeld (in the episodes "The Secretary" and "The Race") and Murphy Brown. In a recurring role on Home Improvement, she played Maureen Binford, producer of the show-within-a-show Tool Time. Other shows on which she has played recurring roles include Caroline in the City, The Norm Show, Grace Under Fire, Phenom and The 5 Mrs. Buchanans. Lewis starred in the made-for-TV film adaptation of Bye Bye Birdie for ABC opposite Jason Alexander. Most recently, she made guest appearances on "Surviving Suburbia," ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Disney Channel's Sonny with a Chance as Ms.Bitterman, and FX's Dirt.

Besides Mission Hill, Lewis has voiced characters for Justice League Heroes, Phineas and Ferb, Rugrats, King of the Hill, Hercules: The Animated Series, and An Extremely Goofy Movie. Most recently, she voiced the wife of DC's second Flash, Iris West Allen, on Justice League: The New Frontier.

On stage, Lewis has appeared in City of Angels and My One and Only in Los Angeles, and has performed as a soloist with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hallmarker. Her Broadway credits include Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Snoopy!!! The Musical, Damn Yankees, Chicago and The Crucible. She also appeared with Peter Gallagher and Patti LuPone in Pal Joey at the New York City Center. Lewis won the 2007 Ovation Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for the world premiere of Michael John Lachuisa's Hotel C'est L'amou.

Lewis is often confused with Kathy Griffin, another redhead born in 1960, who played a role similar to Lewis' NewsRadio character on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan. Griffin's character, who was also named Vicki, was mimicked by Lewis on a NewsRadio episode. Lewis has been vocal about the comparisons on NewsRadio DVD commentaries.

Lewis was part of the one-night celebrity performed staging of Howard Ashman's unproduced musical "Dreamstuff". The musical was re-imagined by Howard's partners Marsha Malamet and Dennis Green and performed one night only at Los Angeles' Hayworth Theatre as part of the Bruno Kirby celebrity reading series, directed by Ugly Betty's Michael Urie. Lewis starred in the show alongside Eden Espinosa, Fred Willard, David Blue and Luke Macfarlane. In the show, Lewis made a reference to Kathy Griffin, stating that Griffin resembled the fictional character Lewis was playing.

Personal life

Lewis was born and raised in Cincinnatimarker, Ohiomarker, the daughter of Marlene, a nursing administrator, and Jim Lewis, an air traffic supervisor. She has a sister, Denise. Lewis graduated from Anderson High School there in 1979. She was in a long-term relationship with Nick Nolte. The two met during the filming of I'll Do Anything. She is married to Sound Designer Philip G. Allen.

References

  1. Vicki Lewis Biography (1960-)
  2. Vicki Lewis Biography - Yahoo! Movies

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